This Everyday Electrolyte is a Heart Hero

August 31st, 2014
It’s a mineral you’ll find in the foods your body craves. And new research shows it may help keep your heart out of harm’s way. But you’ll need the right form…

Almost half of people who find out their heart is failing die within just five years. But your doctor may not be much help.

They might help ease some of your symptoms. But they won’t help you live any longer. Now new research shows there’s a natural solution that may do just that.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania looked at data from 654,060 subjects between 1999 and 2007. They were all taking a prescription diuretic. But about a quarter of the people were also taking a common mineral. By the end of the study, researchers found it significantly lowered their risk of dying by up to 16%.

It’s a nutrient your body needs for optimal kidney health. But it may also be a natural way to help tame blood pressure. This could be why it helped subjects in this study live longer.

In fact, the benefits of this natural compound are so well-known that Big Pharma created a knock-off. It’s supposed to provide an extended release. And it will. Of course, it’ll also give you a dose of hydrogenated vegetable oil, propylene glycol, and even artificial food dyes. But worst of all is that it may put your heart in direct danger.

Changes in heartbeat are just one side effect of this drug. The others include confusion, muscle weakness, severe stomach pain, numbness in your extremities, and—why not—diarrhea.

That’s why we recommend getting this essential electrolyte from natural sources instead. It may help keep your heart performing at its best.

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Five Probiotic-Packed Fermented Foods

Fermented foods come with some major health benefits. Here are the top five probiotic-packed fermented foods.

A few days ago we told you probiotics may help you prevent high blood pressure. It could be one of the easiest things you do to help protect your heart. But the benefits of probiotics go way beyond heart health… It’s a long list of perks—from a whiter smile to easing allergies.

Getting enough probiotics isn’t always easy. Most people rely on yogurts. They don’t provide nearly enough and are usually loaded with sugar. This deletes all the benefits anyway. Some people take supplements. It’s a good idea. But fermented foods are another option. Lucky for us, their rising popularity is making them easier to find.

Here are our top five probiotic-packed fermented foods:

Protect Your Heart With Bacteria

Probiotics may be one of the easiest ways to help shield your heart from this deadly condition… Even if you’re already living with it.

As Health Watch readers you know how important probiotics are for independent healing.

Their main job is to help balance and replenish your gut bacteria. This helps keep your immune system strong against invading germs. Gut balance is also critical for proper digestion. It can even help you lose body fat. But the benefits of probiotics go further than that…

This Deadly Smog Can Stop Your Heart

It’s more than just gross. Air pollution could put your heart—even your life—at serious risk.

You might not think about air pollution until you smell fumes or see smog. Even then, you may think it’s more gross than dangerous. But it may be one of the most overlooked—and dangerous—threats as you age. And not just for your lungs.

Air pollution is responsible for more than 3.2 million deaths per year. Surprisingly, most are the result of heart—not lung—damage.1 And a new study from the U.K. shows things may be worse than we thought…